Fragaria Vesca

Woodland Strawberry

Conrad Gessner (1516 – 1565) was a Swiss naturalist and bibliographer who took his degree of doctor of medicine at Basel. 
To his contemporaries he was best known as a botanist, though his botanical manuscripts were not published until 200 years after his death.
His interest in pharmaceutical chemistry and the secret remedies of alchemists and empirics led to his own Thesaurus …de remediis secretis–published under a pseudonym because he was not entirely satisfied with it–which became more popular than any of his many other works and was soon translated into English, French, German and Italian.
In a published letter to his friend, J. Vogel, he declared his love for the mountains and his firm resolve to climb at least one every year, not only to collect flowers but to exercise his body.

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